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Be game for an exhilarating adventure out in the open ocean! All guests of the LUX* resorts in Mauritius can now experience the thrill of the big catch, with a comprehensive big game fishing service, including return transfers from our resorts to the boat pick-up spot. Let the fun begin!

If the terms 'big game fishing' have you picturing anglers heading out into the middle of the ocean and catching monster fish, you are not far off the mark. Big game fishing is all about reelin' in some of the biggest fish in the ocean.

Why go big game fishing? Because it's fun! Catching a big game fish, especially a larger-than-normal foe, is one of the most exhilarating adventures you could have. Watching that marlin jump for the first time will get anyone's heart racing, while seeing the teeth of a mako shark up close will leave you speechless.

Big game fishing trips are also a lot of fun because you never know what exactly is lurking underneath your boat, and the anticipation of what may strike your line is almost as exciting as catching a fish. Even if you don't catch that monster you're looking for, it's still more than likely you'll catch all kinds of accidental species that are still fun to reel in.

The pursuit of getting the biggest fish you can find is not limited to personal glory or fishing tournaments. Big game fishing world records are hallowed accomplishments that will have your name forever enshrined next to a specific species - not too shabby a legacy. This is especially true for species notoriously hard to set a record for.

Mauritius is renowned for being one of the best big game fishing destinations worldwide, and LUX* Resorts has partnered with one of the most reputable big game fishing companies in Mauritius to offer you the fishing experience of a lifetime.

OUR PARTNER

JP HENRY CHARTER, our trusted partner, operates from a fishing centre located in the South-West of the island.

The south-west coast offers some of the world's best fishing action within a few miles from the coral barrier reef. With perfect conditions prevailing throughout the year, the possibilities to fight giant blue marlin, black marlin, mako sharks, tiger sharks, yellow fin tuna, dog tooth tuna and many other exciting fish are endless.

Run by two specialists, Jean Pierre Henry and his son Pascal Henry, their fishing centre offers comprehensive services, including transfers to and from the centre for those guests staying at the LUX* properties located on the other coasts of our beautiful island. Please contact us for more information about transfers and rates.

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THE BOATS

Their fleet ranges from 24 feet to 42 feet boats built in Mauritius to adapt to the different fishing conditions on the island, such as traditional big game fishing, light tackle fishing and jigging, a new exciting fishing concept.

There are 3 deluxe 42 feet cabin cruisers, the Moana family, mainly equipped for marlin fishing.  These boats are powered by twin V8 caterpillar engines and offer excellent behaviour and comfort in rough seas.  They feature one fighting chair, 2 outriggers and one centre rigger for the setting of the lines. Downstairs there are two cabins, shower and toilet facilities, a kitchenette and a dining table.  Upstairs there is a comfortable sundeck for sunbathing, with dual control system for maximum visibility of the lures.

Their 34 feet cabin cruiser, Gamefisher 2, is smaller in size but still offering great comfort for up to 6 persons. This boat is equipped with twin 130 HP inboard engine.  Downstairs, there is one cabin, shower and toilet facilities, as well as a kitchenette and a dining table.

Their 26 feet sportfisher, Gamefisher 1, is based right in front of LUX* Le Morne; just walk down from your room to the beach and get on board for a day's fishing. It accommodates up to 4 anglers, is powered by two 175 HP outboard engines and is an excellent choice if you wish to shoot out for the tuna or to go casting near the reef. 

Jiggingis a new type of fishing which is especially effective in tropical waters.

Introduced to Mauritius in 2005 by a group of Japanese anglers, it is now one of the most popular types of fishing on the island as the locals embraced it very fast. The JP Henry fishing boats are equipped with high precision fish finders. Vertical jigging is an intensive sport that consists of dropping a 200 to 300 grams spoon down to a certain depth, near a wreck, drop off or peak. You then reel the spoon up with a jerking motion on the rod that produces a rise in the lure followed by a slow flutter.

With us, you will practice two types of jigging:

  • Jigging for bottom fish in about 150 feet to 600 feet of water and target fish like dog tooth tuna, sacré-chien blanc, sacré-chien rouge, flounder, snapper and grouper.
  • Offshore jigging is best suited for yellow fin tuna, big eye tuna, skipjack tuna, amberjack, mackerel, wahoo and many others.

A good combination with jigging is the drop shot; when the sun goes up, so does the temperature, it is therefore very difficult to keep on jigging. You will then enjoy changing equipment to the light sensitive drop shot gear. If you are deep jigging in about 600 feet of water you will then need to get closer to the reef from 10 to 100 feet or if you are on the fades you will not need to move, just change equipment and bait. Drop shot is a good combination to the jigging because it is more relaxing and does not necessitate intensive physical effort. After a good hour of jigging you will enjoy getting closer to the reef to take it easy at the drop shot, you will target smaller fish from one to thirty pounds but the fight might be as difficult and will most probably take more time to catch!

Drop shot - light tackle sensations!

Drop shot is considered a finesse technique involving fairly light weights and small plastic baits. It is a combination of three types of fishing: jigging, surfcasting and fly fishing. Why we think that? Because like jigging, it involves of finding drop offs, cliffs or wrecks, fishing from a still boat where you will enjoy the silence by switching off the engine and letting a weighed lure sink to the bottom, then reeling it back slowly in a soft jerking motion. Like surfcasting, it involves casting your bait as far as possible towards a school of fish when fishing on the fads (fish aggregate device) or simply away from the boat to reach the reef or a peak. And it's similar to fly fishing, as you will use very light equipment such as Daiwa Exceler 12 -35 grams and the Daiwa Exceler plus 3000 reels, mounted with 30 pounds braided lines connected to a 40 pounds mono fluorocarbon leader.